5 Tips on How to Handle Your First Job

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You’ve just landed your first job — congratulations, superstar! After you’ve given yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, you’re probably wondering, “OK, this is awesome! But…now what?” As much as you’re super excited to start your first day at work, you might also be a little nervous about everything you need to know and remember. Don’t worry — this is totally normal. With every new job comes a learning curve, but why not get a head start?

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Here’s everything you need to know to handle your first job.


Think About Your Work Attire

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Depending on your job, you’ll either need to wear a uniform or wear items from your own closet. If you’re wearing work clothes, ensure that you’re dressing to impress but not tooooo much. Wearing polished clothing will definitely show your boss that you take your job seriously, however you don’t want to go over the top with your stylin’. It’s work, not a fashion show.


Consider Your Transportation

Now that you’ve landed your job, you should consider your transportation options. Are your parents or older bro able to drive you back and forth? If not, you might have to pay for a public transit pass in order to get to work, or possibly suggest a car pool situation with some of your co-workers.


Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up

Bosses loooove it when their employees take initiative, so if you’re able to take on more responsibilities, let your boss know that! On the other hand, if your boss is throwing tons of assignments your way that might be a bit overwhelming, don’t be afraid to tell her so. It’s better to be honest about what you can handle rather than submit sub-par work, or, worse, fail to complete your tasks.


Own Up to Your Mistakes

Of course you want your boss to think that you’re super talented and responsible, but if you make a mistake, it’s best to fess up to it rather than sweep it under the carpet or deny making it altogether. Remember: everyone makes mistakes from time-to-time, and it’s often that we learn the most from our mistakes than anything else. Just try not to make the same mistake twice!


Use Your Money Wisely

You’re finally earning your own money and feeling like a #boss. YASSS. As much as you want to drop $$$ on a new wardrobe, you might want to reconsider splurging your paycheck on a pair of shoes. Instead, think about using the rule of thirds. Take one-third of your paycheck and put it in savings for your college fund, then another one-third for your expenses, and the final one-third for something fun.